Events & Workshops

Learn about our expert-led seminars & hands-on workshops scheduled for the coming months.
Most of the events are FREE, do not require registration and are held in the Events Area.

Please note: While we are a dog-friendly store, for some events and circumstances, we may ask that dogs be removed. Dogs are not allowed in Russell's Garden Cafe, our seasonal hospitality areas, or in the Events Area. Working service dogs are the exception and are always welcome. Please refer to our Pet Policy for more information. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

The ‘Right Plant, Right Place’ Guide to Gardening

Apr. 28, 10am

Jeff Daley, Head Gardener and Arborist, Seattle Pacific University

Right plant, right place? What the heck does that mean?! Gardening is easier, less expensive and more rewarding when you select plants appropriate for your garden. Jeff will show you what to consider when deciding what plants to buy so your garden will flourish.

Workshop: Outdoor Bonsai for Beginners

Apr. 29, 11am-1pm

Robert Cho, Asia Pacific Gardening

Immerse yourself in the ancient art of bonsai!  Discover not only its history but practical techniques for plant selection, routine care and disease prevention. Robert will show you everything you need to know to get started with this rewarding hobby and guide you through planting your own starter juniper to take home with you.

Space is limited. $70 registration fee includes all supplies needed (tree, soil, container, and decorative gravel).

Master Gardener Plant Clinic

Saturdays, May – August, 10am – 1pm

In the Garden Store

Got questions? Get answers! WSU Extension Master Gardeners will be available to answer your plant and gardening questions and offer advice on a wide range of horticultural issues. 

Monthly Series: Plant. Grow. Eat.

May 5, 10am

Lisa Taylor, Garden Educator, Consultant, Urban Farmer and Author of Your Farm in the City; Maritime Northwest Garden Guide

Each month Lisa will share practical advice on what you can do RIGHT NOW to maximize your garden's return. Great for seasoned pros and those just starting out!This month Lisa will cover transitioning from cool to warm season edibles. Bring on the sun!

Time for Tomatoes!

May 5, 12pm

Bill Thorness, Author of Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year-Round; and Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Gardener

Nothing beats the taste of a tomato fresh off the vine! Discover everything you need to know to grow terrific tomatoes in our maritime climate – from selecting the right variety, to watering and feeding– Bill will cover it all!

Cheesemaking and Wine Pairing: Burrata!

May 6, 3-5pm

Kristi Slotemaker, River Valley Cheese and Shelly Fitzgerald, Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator

Wine, cheese – the perfect pair(ing)! Kristi will have you rolling up your sleeves and making your own fresh, Burrata while Shelly explores pairing four specially selected wines and fresh cheeses with you. You won’t want to miss this delicious, informative, and fun workshop!Space is limited.

Must be 21 and over to attend.

$75 fee includes all ingredients to make your own delectable Burrata in class and 4 wine tastings.